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The Ballad Of Further Down the Line Part II

We’d said that we would mend our ways
– a promise made, a promise kept –
and squeeze the juice from all the days.
Adjust, adapt, accept.

We learned in time to simmer down,
to slow the mad, relentless burn.
Now on the edge of every town
the turbines turn.

The patch-up process has begun,
we came to tolerate and trust
their quiet cartwheels’ steady hum.
Adapt, accept, adjust.

We felt the heat, we felt the pinch
and seized the opportunity –
we shuffled inch by grudging inch
toward community.

We shuffled till we overcame
innate inertia that had grown
within our ranks and gained a strange
momentum of its own.

We turned to face the damage done,
address the mess and seal the cracks,
returned to earth and wind and sun.
Accept, adjust, adapt

About The Project

The Element in the Room is a book of poems inspired by renewable energy in particular – and a book of pictures inspired by
poems about renewable energy.

Some poems were prompted by reflections on the elements,
some from talking with people working in the field, others from
renewable technologies themselves – the look of them, their
potential, people’s responses to them. Some are playful, cheeky,
pithy, others more lyrical and solemn, some are just plain daft.

Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a
prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None
is intended as a ‘last word’, they are offered for your pleasure and
interest and to provoke discussion.

The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific:
Heidi Ball, Laura Cochón, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.

‘The Element in the Room’ is a collaboration with Regen South West.

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